Martin Stanford Peters MBE, (born 8 November 1943 in Plaistow, London) is a former football player and member of the victorious England team which won the 1966 World Cup as well as playing in the 1970 FIFA World Cup. With pace, industry, creativity and exquisite timing on the run, Peters was described by England manager Alf Ramsey as being "ten years ahead of his time". His versatility was such that while he was at West Ham he played in every position in the team, including goalkeeper.
Robert Emmanuel Pirès (born 29 October 1973 in Reims) is a French footballer who currently plays as a winger for Villarreal CF of the Spanish La Liga. He normally plays on the left wing but can play all across the midfield or in a position to support the striker(s). He is of Portuguese and Spanish descent.
Nílton Reis dos Santos (born May 16, 1925) is a Brazilian former football defender. He was born in Rio de Janeiro. He was a left wing-back who could play anywhere on the left wing. He was best known for his attacking ability. He was called The Encyclopedia because of his knowledge of the sport of football.
Lilian Thuram (born Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien on 1 January 1972 in Pointe-à-Pitre) is a retired French professional football defender and is the most capped player in the history of the France national team. He played at the top flight in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons, including ten in the Serie A. With France, Thuram won the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000. Thuram holds the record for most appearances at the European Championship, with 16.
Gianluigi Buffon (born 28 January 1978 in Carrara), is an Italian FIFA World Cup and UEFA Cup-winning goalkeeper who plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. He is considered by some fans and experts to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.. He was named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record eight times. He was named by Pele as one of the 125 greatest living footballers in the world.
Gylmar dos Santos Neves (born August 22, 1930) known simply as Gilmar (with I), is a former Brazilian football goalkeeper who played for Corinthians and Santos and was a member of the Brazil national team in three World Cups. He was elected the best Brazilian goalkeeper of the 20th Century and one of the best in the world by the IFFHS. He is remembered for his sober style on the pitch and his peaceful personality.
Gennaro Ivan "Rino" Gattuso (born 9 January 1978) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie A club Milan. He mainly plays as a defensive midfielder, however, he can also play as a right midfielder. Gattuso is a hard tackling defensive midfielder and widely regarded as one of the most aggressive players. During his career at Milan, he has won the Champions League, in 2002–03 and 2006–07, and also the Serie A title in 2003–04.
Emmanuel "Manu" Laurent Petit (born 22 September 1970) is a French former football player, who played his club football for Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona, and Chelsea. He represented France at international level, and scored the third goal in France's 3-0 victory in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final.
Guido Ulrich Buchwald (born January 24, 1961) is a German former football defender and manager. The best game of Buchwald's career was probably the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup when he effectivelly marked the skilled footballer, Diego Maradona, earning him the nickname 'Diego'. He was also part of Germany's disappointing 1994 FIFA World Cup squad. Buchwald began his professional soccer career in 1983 with VfB Stuttgart.
Gilberto Aparecido da Silva,, born 7 October 1976) commonly known as Gilberto Silva, is a Brazilian footballer. He currently plays for the Greek Superleague club Panathinaikos, as a defensive midfielder. Gilberto was raised in a poor family and as a child he balanced playing football with various labour jobs. He began his football career in 1997 with América Mineiro, where good form earned him a move to Atlético Mineiro in 2000.
Alessandro Altobelli is an Italian former professional footballer. Nicknamed Spillo ("Needle") for his slender build, Altobelli was one of the most effective Italian forwards of the late 1970s and 1980s. Following spells at Latina (Serie C) and Brescia (Serie B), he was signed by Internazionale, for whom he played 466 times, scoring 209 goals and massively contributing to his team's scudetto of 1980.
Christophe Jérôme Dugarry (born March 24, 1972) is a former French footballer. His clubs include Bordeaux, Milan, Barcelona, Marseille, Birmingham City and Qatar SC. He was also a member of the France side that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
Frank Leboeuf (born Franck Alain James Leboeuf, or Lebœuf) on 22 January 1968 near Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône) is a former French footballer, who played as a defender. With the French national team, Leboeuf won the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Andrea Pirlo,, is an Italian World Cup winning footballer who plays for Serie A club Milan and the Italian national team. Praised for his inventive play, he is also a free-kick specialist. Pirlo has played for the Italian youth teams U-15, U-18 and U-21, captaining and leading the latter to victory in the 2000 as the Golden Player and Top Scorer of the tournament.
Marco Materazzi, (born 19 August 1973), is an Italian footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Serie A club Internazionale. At the beginning of his career, Materazzi played with various Italian teams in Serie B and Serie C, and with Premier League side Everton. He spent two periods with Perugia (1995–98 and 1999–2001) and signed for his current club, Inter, in 2001 for €10 million.
Karl-Heinz Riedle (born 16 September 1965 in Weiler im Allgäu) is a former German professional footballer, who won the FIFA World Cup with West Germany in 1990 and the UEFA Champions League in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund. Riedle ended his international career with 42 caps and 16 goals. Riedle's youth clubs are TSV Ellhofen and SV Weiler. He started his senior career at FC Augsburg. He then moved to Blau-Weiss 90 Berlin in 1986, who had just been promoted to the Bundesliga.
Pierre Michael Littbarski (born 16 April 1960 in Berlin) is a former German football player and current manager of FC Vaduz. He is best known for his brilliant dribbling abilities. He was a FIFA World Cup winner with West Germany in 1990. He was also runner–up twice in 1982 and 1986 with West Germany.
Antonio Cabrini (born 8 October 1957) is an Italian football (soccer) coach and former player. He played left-back, mainly with Juventus. He won the 1982 FIFA World Cup with the Italian national team. Cabrini was arguably one of the greatest Italian left-backs in the history of football. In 2007, he was very close to become the manager of the Syrian national football team.
Marcos Roberto Silveira Reis (born on August 4, 1973, in Oriente, São Paulo), known simply as Marcos, or yet, São Marcos, is a Brazilian football goalkeeper who won the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He currently plays for Palmeiras.
Dario José dos Santos (born 4 March 1943 in Rio de Janeiro), nicknamed Dario, or Dadá Maravilha (Dadá the Wonder) is a former Brazilian footballer. He played as a center-forward, and as of 2006, is the 3rd top scorer in the history of Brazilian football, trailing Pelé and Romário. Born into poverty, Dadá began his career in 1965, playing in the youth squad of Campo Grande, a small and modest club with no great history in Rio.
Ricardo Omar Giusti (born 11 December, 1956 in Arroyo Seco) is a former Argentine footballer. A solid midfield player, he played most of his career at Independiente. He won the FIFA World Cup with Argentina in 1986, where he played in every game in the success and was a leading player.